Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans are represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member states and all are encouraged to discover more languages at any age, as part of or alongside their studies. This stems from the Council of Europe’s conviction that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent. Therefore, the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September - together with the European Commission.

Activities

The EDL language challenges


This year we are inviting everyone to participate in a language challenge around the European Day of Languages! 
The 51 challenges contained within the handbook encourage learners to go a little outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the plentiful opportunities available to practice or learn more about a language beyond a classroom context. Find out more

EDL T-shirt competition


Send us your design/image/graphic and have your layout on the official EDL T-ShirtFind out more

NEW Which language is it?

We all know this situation: on a bus, in a café, on the street we hear two people talking in a foreign language. And we wonder what language it is. Let's do some training here and next time this happens to you you will easily recognise it!
 
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Newest Events

1/9/2019 - 30/9/2019
LV
Sauriešu bibliotēka
16/9/2019 - 26/9/2019
IT
Via Quarantola, 15
26/9/2019 - 27/9/2019
MONT
Elementary school "Kekec"
26/9/2019 - 27/9/2019
PL
Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa Stowarzyszenia Przyjaciół Szkoły
23/9/2019 - 26/9/2019
GB
Central Primary School
26/9/2019 - 26/9/2019
BE
MS Mira

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Did you know that...

The European Day of Languages is being supported and coordinated by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe? The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.



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Self-evaluate your language skills

The 'Self-evaluate your language skills' tool helps you to assess your level of proficiency in the languages you know according to six reference levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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2019 - International Year of Indigenous Languages

Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory. But despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate.With this in mind, the United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) in order to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity. More information